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  1. This just in. Angel Hernadez? Still bad at umpiring.

    Comment by Muskie7 — May 9, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

  2. It’s cool, when has one game ever mattered in a playoff race at the end of the season?

    Comment by Texas Rangers — May 9, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

  3. I’d be curious to know if he (or other umpires in general) have public statements out there regarding the use of replay. For instance, if he were to be extremely against its use, the call yesterday may make some more sense.

    Comment by OtherSideoftheCoin — May 9, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

  4. What kind of turnover is there for MLB umpires? What does it take for guys like this to be removed? I’m not a big proponent of instant replay, but I hate that MLB doesn’t seem to care about getting the best umpires out there.

    Comment by Richard — May 9, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  5. I’ve always thought Hernandez was perhaps the worst umpire at calling balls and strikes in addition to being a massive attention whore.

    Comment by LK — May 9, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  6. I see what you did there

    Comment by Klatz — May 9, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  7. I want to see the mysterious video feed where it wasn’t clearly a home run. On both the Indians and A’s feeds it was very clear just by zooming in and slowing the video down.

    Comment by TheGrandslamwich — May 9, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  8. Is rating umpires strike zone accuracy (or keeping track of blown calls) something fangraphs could implement in the future?

    The umpire behind the dish could be another factor to consider when making streaming SP choices.

    Comment by Tom B — May 9, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

  9. Angel Hernandez is such an attention whore that he got himself linked to a player page.

    Comment by Tom B — May 9, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  10. along with his wikipedia page…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81ngel_Hern%C3%A1ndez_(umpire)
    “In a 1999 survey conducted by the Major League Baseball Players Association, Hernández was ranked 31st out of 36 National League umpires.[2] However, later that year Hernández was asked to return for the 2000 season while 13 of his NL colleagues were let go. Given his low ranking, the Philadelphia Inquirer termed the retention of Hernández one of the “surprises” of the 1999 purge.[3]“

    Comment by attgig — May 9, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  11. His call yesterday made sense if it was part of some political statement against the use of replay?

    I couldn’t care less what his view of replay is (partly because, knowing his reputation, he’d get the call wrong and then toss anyone who disagreed with him). His job is to enforce the rules of baseball and judge out/safe, ball/strike. It’s not to interject his own personal viewpoint into baseball’s rules and it’s not to make up the rules as he goes along according to his own personal opinion.

    Comment by chuckb — May 9, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  12. Giving you back the one you gave us last year…heh

    Comment by Blofkin — May 9, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  13. The problem here isn’t that an umpire, 22 years ago, made a bad call and then a fool of himself. Small sample size applies to umpiring as well as everything else. The problem is that he still turns every call into an umpshow. He’s still making the same mistakes he made 22 years ago in the minors.

    He must have secret dirty pictures of someone in Selig’s family.

    Comment by chuckb — May 9, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

  14. Wow first sentence in that article is incredible when considering the circumstances:

    “No one can ever accuse umpire Angel Hernandez of making a dubious call to hasten the conclusion of a baseball game.”

    If only the author knew how wrong he’d be in ~22 years. Terrible ump. Terrible for baseball, terrible for the players, and terrible for the fans.

    Comment by Fenam — May 9, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

  15. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I feel so helpless as an A’s fan right now. Hernandez even refused to allow himself to be recorded by reporters last night, how’s that for accountability?

    Comment by Blofkin — May 9, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  16. Buck Belue of 680 The Fan in Atlanta (yes, the Buck Belue who handed the ball off to Herschel Walker all the way to a UGA national title in 1980) routinely tells stories of his encounters with Hernandez in 1983 in the Florida State League. He never misses an opportunity to point out his penchant for drawing attention to himself.

    Comment by Steve Perry — May 9, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

  17. Everybody should be like Jim Joyce, invisible for the most part but very positive when visible.

    Comment by playingwithfire — May 9, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  18. Not trying to defend Hernandez, but even the “bad” umps get 99% of the calls correct. When you are down on the field the game moves pretty fast at the MLB level, these guys are all very good at what they do. Is being the worst of the best reason to get a guy fired?

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 9, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

  19. Getting calls wrong is part of the game, and understood. But getting calls wrong, despite being given the tools and time necessary to get them right (or correct a wrong call) reeks of incompetence. And, Hernandez has a long history of inserting himself into games and instigating or escalating confrontations with players and managers (even when the underlying call was correct).

    Comment by Steve Perry — May 9, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  20. Angel Hernandez had a solid walk rate in rookie ball. I think he’s undervalued.

    Comment by marlins12 — May 9, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  21. It’s not precisely a call issue, it’s a competence issue. Being one of the worst teams in English soccer over the course of a year is enough to get that team demoted from major league soccer to minor league soccer. All personality issues aside, that might be the appropriate action for the worst major league umpires too.

    Comment by Nickname Damur — May 9, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  22. I’m not sure that we can put this all on Hernandez. Four umpires saw that replay. Perhaps all four valued solidarity over getting the call right. I think that makes them all embarrassments to the game.

    Comment by J. B. Rainsberger — May 9, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

  23. There’s a lot of faulty presumptions you make in your comment.
    “but even the “bad” umps get 99% of the calls correct.” – Statement made, no proof given.
    “these guys are all very good at what they do.” – Statement given, no anecdotes included.
    “Is being the worst of the best” – Anything to back this up????

    Truth is, MLB promotes without their first concern being competence and ability. I know people in the refereeing/umpiring world (mostly basketball, which promotes far worse than baseball – but some baseball too), and the jobs at the elite levels are so rare and exclusive; to get promoted requires knowing the right people. It’s a good ol’ boys club, and they don’t have to be accountable about it. Only good thing I could say about MLB umpires; their ol’ boys club is not as bad as the NBA’s.

    Comment by Rick — May 9, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

  24. My experience with Angel Hernandez is limited to the time he called something like three balks on Tim Hudson in one game and no one could figure out what Hudson was doing wrong.

    Comment by yeah — May 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

  25. I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true. I remember seeing a few series between the Tigers and whomever with the umpire crew of Hernandez and Joe West… Talk about some brutally inconsistent umpiring.

    Comment by Frank — May 9, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

  26. I read a proposal (either here or at SBNation) to have the managers vote up or down on the umpires at the end of the year. The bottom ten or so are demoted to AAA, the top 10 or so are paid more.

    Comment by Phrozen — May 9, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

  27. The four umpires don’t take a vote – only the crew chief can reverse a call. It’s on Hernandez.

    Comment by Proudhon — May 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  28. Rick, these guys are paid to do this job. That implies professional, competancy and the ability to be better than other people that also might want that job. These guys didn’t fall off the street into this job, they were screened. Your “proof” argument is pointless.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 9, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

  29. Well no we cannot but if a tenured crew chief goes into that replay booth and says, “I don’t know about you but that looks pretty inconclusive,” it is gonna start looking that way to the others too. It might be a little bit of fear or respect or whatever but assuming Hernandez spoke first and/or loudest (not a huge assumption considering he is crew chief, but an assumption nonetheless) it is easy to see how his opinion could have caused any of the other umps to go from home run to inconclusive. It is also pretty safe to assume that his vote in those huddles holds a bit more weight in case of say a 2-2 split.

    Comment by Brett — May 9, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

  30. Hurt, being paid may imply “professional, competancy and the ability to be better than other people that also might want that job” – but is false. Do you want proof: Angel Hernandez. Simply put, he’s not competent, but he keeps his job.
    I’ve known many of the officials (for both basketball and baseball) that have gone to the camps for training, and worked at the lower levels trying to get a chance for advancement. I see all the time that the best are never chosen for the promotions. Why is this? There are only a few jobs available, and a few people making the decisions for who gets these jobs. Simply, this is how an ol’ boys club works, especially when their is no one to hold them accountable.

    Comment by Rick — May 9, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

  31. Exactly, 1 game in May doesn’t matter

    Comment by 2011 Atlanta Braves/Red Sox — May 9, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

  32. Just for the fun of it…

    2011 playoff game between Cards and Phills. Oswalt is on the mound and in the middle of a windup when a squirrel begins its long run from the dugout to cross the plate.

    …Angel Hernandez was behind the dish…

    Oswalt had this to say after the game:
    “I was wondering what size animal it needed to be to not have a pitch,” Oswalt said after the game. “If it ran up the guy’s leg, would he have called the pitch for a strike?”

    Comment by Trader — May 9, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

  33. Hurt,

    So your argument is that anyone who gets paid to do a job is automatically “professional, competent and able to perform better then others who want the job”? Seriously???

    Comment by Trader — May 9, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  34. Yes.

    He didn’t say his call yesterday would be correct or acceptable if Hernandez is against replay, he said it would make sense. Those are different things here.

    If someone has been arrested for robbing five banks, it’s no surprised when he/she robs is eventually released from prison and robs another bank. It makes sense that it happened, but it’s still wrong.

    Comment by steex — May 9, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

  35. Am I the only person who thinks getting the call “right” 100% of the time isn’t necessary? Just curious

    Comment by adohaj — May 9, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

  36. Getting controversial calls wrong isn’t a problem. Getting a clear call wrong, and then refusing to admit you were wrong when the replay clearly shows it, is.

    Its not that he made the call wrong, its that he refuses to admit that there’s even a chance his original call was wrong.

    Comment by Synovia — May 9, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  37. “Not trying to defend Hernandez”…..than DON’T. Getting “99%” right is one point, but consistently being the ump that acts the ass clown and not “missing” calls but making bad calls..that is the part that is bad for the game. Umpires only need to concern themselves with the integrity of their calls.

    Comment by Archangel Hernandez — May 10, 2013 @ 5:10 am

  38. It’s really amazing. The guy is terrible at his job in every way. The umps are supposed to get the calls right (#1 thing), maintain order (#2) and to be unobtrusive (#3), wouldn’t you say? He fails across the board.

    This is something I’ve always wondered about unions. At what point should they self-police? Hernandez is an embarrassment to MLB, and MLB umpiring in particular. Surely at least some of the other umps find this frustrating too.

    Comment by Rob in CT — May 10, 2013 @ 9:20 am

  39. It’s not necessary, being that it’s impossible. But it should necessarily be the goal to strive for. I.e. each and every bad call makes the game worse.

    Comment by Rick — May 10, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

  40. There should be someone on the umpiring crew watching the game from a booth above who does not have to deal with the emotions of the 2 teams’ managers or other umpires, then maybe he could make an unbiased, unaffected call. But then, “who watches the watchmen?”

    Comment by KCDaveInLA — May 10, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

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